Eldred G. Smith [LDS Presiding Patriarch] says President [Heber J.] Grant took away all rights of patriarch to preside over the other patriarchs. He has nothing to do with them-not notified. No quorum. Says this is not consistent with Doctrine and Covenants nor with Church history and traditions. Says Heber J. took away after death of Hyrum G. [Smith], who is father of Eldred G. The Twelve are jealous of their prerogatives. Says he would talk to me about this. Also about flag he has which Mormon Battalion brought west. Think I'll send him a copy of Mike [Quinn]'s piece on patriarchs and ask him to tell me if it was true and accurate.
Eldred says he has been in trouble the past 26 years because he insists he presides over other patriarchs and the Twelve won't let him.
[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]